Whatever you screwed up at work today - it wasn't likely as bad as this. The National Book Foundation mistakenly announced last week that Lauren Myracle's young adult book Shine was nominated as a National Book Award finalist, when they actually meant to nominate the title Chime by Franny Billingsley.
When notified about the mistake, author Lauren Myracle responded by removing herself from the running for the prestigious award and recommending an appropriate apologetic gesture from the NBF.
Matthew Shepard Foundation.
The National Book Foundation took the suggestion and donated $5,000.
Thanks to the graciousness of Lauren Myracle this is a win-win-win. Her book gets deserved publicity, the integrity of the National Book Award is maintained, and a worthwhile cause receives a check for $5,000.